Armoza’s Final Four lands Russia deal post-Fox

Russian broadcaster CTC has commissioned a first season of Armoza Formats’ primetime singing competition, The Final Four, which is already set for Fox in the US. The local adaptation will air towards the end of the year and contains eight episodes. Fox has recently picked up the show for a US edition. It picked up […]

Armoza opens up in Miami

Israel-based formats firm Armoza has opened a new Miami office to cover the Latin America region and US Hispanic market. Independently-owned Armoza has brought in Karina Dolgiej to run the new Lat-Am base. She will be sales director, and joins from TV Azteca’s distribution arm Comarex. “I am thrilled to be part of the creation […]

Brazil falls for Curvy Supermodel

SBT has ordered a local version of Curvy Supermodel marking the entry of the modeling format in the Brazilian market. The Brazilian broadcaster will run a ten-part version of the show, which originated in Germany, where Tresor TV made it for the RTLII net. The modelling talent competition that has a positive view of women […]

Armoza releases Valentine’s Sex Tape

Armoza is launching Sex Tape internationally, a new social experiment format in which couples reveal details of their most intimate moments. The show came through Armoza Formats’ Formagination pitching competition. It was created by sexologist Dr. Shelly Varod and sees an expert get to the root of relationship problems by probing them on their sex […]

Sacha Baron Cohen prodco making ITV pilot

Sacha Baron Cohen and Andrew Newman prodco Spelthorne Community TV is making JudgeMental, a new entertainment pilot for UK commercial broadcaster ITV. Comedian and actor Baron Cohen and former Objective boss Newman set up Spelthorne in 2015. It will make the pilot for the ITV2 channel. Details are thin on the ground, but in a […]

TBI Formats: Year in Review

The best-sellers, the trend makers, the battles, the emerging territories, the industry favourites… here is the TBI Formats Year in Review. If This Time Next Year and Lip Sync Battle were among the best sellers, there were also new distributors on the ground this year. Twenty-sixteen was the first full year for Vivendi’s new formats […]

TBI DISTRIBUTOR SURVEY 2016: The rights fight

Getting the right rights at the right price. That’s the challenge for distributors in a crowded market. Rights fight Programme sellers agree the fight for rights is fiercer than ever, with the need to invest more money, and early in the process, considerations that need to be balanced against the risk of overpaying. Jyotirmoy Saha […]

German nets salute Armoza’s Local Heroes

German pubcaster ARD has ordered a local version of the Local Heroes format, while German-language commercial rival ProSiebenSat.1 has taken the finished series. Israel-based Armoza distributes the format and struck the deals. The format follows the emergency services as they go about their daily work. It launched on VTM in Belgium as Local Heroes: Through […]

Zodiak, Endemol Shine join Armoza’s Famiglia

Zodiak Fiction has optioned comedy series La Famiglia for France, and Endemol Shine has taken it for Chile. The comedy hails from Israel where it was a hit for terrestrial broadcaster Channel 10. It is produced by United Studios of Israel. Armoza is selling it internationally and struck the Zodiak and Endemol Shine deals. It has […]

RTL takes Hostages

German free-to-air broadcaster RTL has acquired scripted series Hostages. RTL will put the show on its RTL Crime channel. It is co-distributed by Armoza and Federation and the latter struck the German deal. The Isreali-originated drama plays on Canal+ in France and has been sold to buyers including the BBC in the UK. It follows […]